Wild Bergamot~ Organic ~ GMO Free ~ Seeds
Wild Bergamot~ Organic ~ GMO Free 50+ Seeds
This is the monarda with pink flowers and leaves famous for making tea. Also called "Oswego Tea." Monarda fistulosa, commonly called Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm or Horse-Mint, has a lovely violet blossom and distinctively aromatic foliage. It is a familiar component of prairie and savanna communities on all but the wettest of soils. Native to most of North America, it often is cited for its historical medicinal applications among indigenous people. These include poultices for boils and lacerations, as well as tea infusions for headaches, indigestion and colds and flu. Wild Bergamot is a favorite of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Its species name, fistulosa, refers to the tube-like structure of its blossoms, which appear from July through September.Monarda fistulosa, also known as Bergamot is famed for its medicinal qualities. While in the perennial border these lovely plants produce a mass of mauve-purple blooms (even in their first year from an early sowing) and have uniquely scented foliage.Bees and butterflies are especially attracted to the vibrant flowers and nectar of this pretty plant. Excellent as a bedding plant or in the butterfly garden it also performs well in the allotment where it works wonders attracting beneficial insects, and bees of course!
Monarda does best in full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate a wide variety of conditions from wet to dry, will perform in poor dry soils and be luxuriant in good soils.